Giants and Toys
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Giants and Toys

   Blu-ray

$40.48

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Studio: Arrow Films
Director: Yasuzo Masumura
Year: 1958
Format: Blu-ray
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Cast: Hideo Takamatsu, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Michiko On
Original Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs:
Street Date: 11 May 2021
Runtime (minutes): 95

Description

Giants and Toys is a sharp and snappy corporate satire revolving around the ruthless machinations of a group of admen working in the confectionary industry.

As a new recruit to the marketing department of World Caramel, fresh-faced graduate Nishi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi) is eager to impress his ambitious and hard-nosed boss Goda (Black Test Car’s Hideo Takamatsu), even if it strains his relationships with his college friend Yokoyama (Koichi Fujiyama) and budding love interest Masami (Michiko Ono), who work at the rival companies of Giant and Apollo. With World’s lead over its competitors slipping badly, the two spot a chance to get back in the race in the shape of the pretty but unsophisticated 18-year-old, Kyoko (Hitomi Nozoe). Goda and Nishi get to work polishing this rough diamond as their new campaign girl, but as the three rival confectionary companies pitch themselves into an all-out advertising war that spills out onto the streets of Tokyo as it escalates to ludicrous extremes, Kyoko’s newfound fame starts going to her head.

Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut, this lurid adaptation of the award-winning 1957 novel by Ken Kaiko is considered a landmark in Japanese film history and a key work by Yasuzo Masumura (Blind Beast, Red Angel), one of the country’s most highly acclaimed directors of his generation. Its absurdist and acidly cynical take on the excesses of the media and advertising worlds recalls the work of Frank Tashlin (Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?), as it presents a garish vision of a bold new postwar Japan where traditional company values come head-to-head with American-style consumer capitalism.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original uncompressed Japanese mono audio
– Optional English subtitles
– Brand new audio commentary by Japanese cinema scholar Irene González-López
– Newly filmed introduction by Japanese cinema expert Tony Rayns
– In the Realm of the Publicists, a brand new visual essay by Asian cinema scholar Earl Jackson
– Original Trailer
– Image Gallery
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Tony Stella

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Michael Raine

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